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Origami celebrates its twentieth year and breaks ground for phase II campus developments.

April 14, 2017

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 Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation CenterCelebrates Twenty Years & Groundbreaking

 In the business of restoring lives.

 LANSING—

Through a partnership of Michigan State University and Peckham, Inc., Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in April 1997.  Michigan State University saw a need in the community for residential brain injury rehabilitation and partnered with Peckham, Inc. to fill that gap.  “What started as a 16-bed facility with 14 employees, has grown into a full array of specialized services and programs, with over 100 employees, to meet the individual needs of those with mild to significant brain injuries,” according to Yvonne Fleener, Business Development Manager.

In addition to celebrating twenty years, Origami will also break ground for a $1.5 million phase II campus developments.   “This is a very special milestone for Origami.  We are excited to have many founding members and former leadership present to share our history and equally look forward to breaking ground for the second phase of our 5-phase master plan,” said Tammy Hannah, Executive Director of Origami.   

Phase II will create therapeutic, fully walkable green space in the heart of campus for clients, families, and employees and lays the foundation to future growth.  “We believe wholeheartedly that we are here to make a real difference in the lives of those we touch at a time they need us most. Part of making that difference is ensuring our campus is welcoming to everyone from clients, their loved ones, our employees, our volunteers, our donors, and all other guests,” said Hannah.

The celebration will be held at Origami located at 3181 Sandhill Rd., Mason from 4 -6 pm.  The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 5:15 pm, with special remarks from MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Strampel and Mitch Tomlinson, CEO and President of Peckham, Inc.

Origami is a nonprofit organization located on a 35 acre wooded campus in Mason, just outside of Lansing.  The facility offers a continuum of care for individuals who have sustained a brain injury, from residential to community-based and outpatient programs with the resources available to return people to productive and active lives.  Origami operates in partnership with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Peckham, Inc. With the support of these partners, Origami generates excellent clinical outcomes with cost effective care and remains on the cutting edge of brain injury rehabilitation.

Brain injuries can be mild to severe and often corresponds with a temporary loss of consciousness and impacts to brain function such as memory loss.  The injury may also affect a person’s physical functioning, thinking skills, and behavior. These effects can manifest themselves in other difficulties as well, like anxiety, depression, dizziness, headaches, inability to start or finish tasks, or trouble sleeping, all of which can bring about challenges with relationships both in the home and on the job. Individuals with loved ones with suspected injury to the head and show the signs of a brain injury are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

To learn more about the services available at Origami please call (517) 455-0264.  Additional information about Origami can be found online at www.OrigamiRehab.org.

 

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